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Impact: The Videos of a Revolution

4,141 views 1 year ago
In the past 6 years Video Volunteers has inched further and further away from what at times has felt like such an intractable challenge-- to bring the voices of the most marginalised people in India to the centre stage. The main reason for this is work of our community correspondents who have fired us up with impactful work, producing video reports that have made real change.

These changemakers have turned our experiment into the viable project it is today. But most importantly these media changemakers are taking us into a future where all communities, no matter their location, size or economy have the chance to be heard on their own terms.

In 2012:
•52 new Community Correspondents (CCs) were trained under the IndiaUnheard Program.
•VV started working in the most marginalized tribal regions, training 28 tribal correspondents who are the first ever journalists in their community.
•26 powerful videos were created by CCs on untouchability, forcing a country that denies the existence of caste discrimination to face the truth.
•8 villages in Rajasthan shifted to organic farming practices after watching a video that detailed the hazards of using chemical pesticides.
•A new pipeline was laid and 60 households began to receive safe drinking water in Surendranagar, Gujarat.


Now THAT, is a productive year!

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Dhinkia and Govindpur villages in Jagatsinghpur district Odisha have been caught up in a struggle with the South Korean steel company POSCO for 7 years now.

These videos bring to you the voices from the ground and why the people are so opposed to the construction of the steel plant in the area. Some were filmed by Debendra Swain, an IndiaUnheard Community Correspondent who is also an anti-POSCO activist. He was arrested on 3rd February 2013 by the police on false charges.

The project is worth USD 12 billion and the biggest foreign investment in India. If it goes through the livelihoods of 4,000 families will be destroyed.

For more information, please read our blog here: http://bit.ly/WQHzN9

Please sign the petition asking for the removal of police forces from the villages on change.org here: http://change.org/peoplevsposco
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